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Man wishes clerk 'happy holidays' while robbing wine store, police say

$465 stolen from Bev Fly Wine on I-Drive

Orlando police say this man robbed Bev Fly Wine on International Drive.
Orlando police say this man robbed Bev Fly Wine on International Drive. (Orlando Police Department)

ORLANDO, Fla. – A man said "please" and wished a clerk "happy holidays" before stealing $465 from a wine store on International Drive, according to the Orlando Police Department. 

The man entered Bev Fly Wine at about 7 p.m. Saturday and approached a clerk who was sitting behind the register.

"Open the drawer please, just open the drawer," the man said, according to police. "Happy holidays."

The clerk opened the cash drawer and the man took $465 in cash, then exited the store.

Another clerk who was in the back of the store saw what was happening on the store's surveillance video and tried to run after him, but the man got away.

A K-9 unit that arrived at the scene failed to establish a track.

The man was wearing a dark-colored T-shirt, black pants, black tennis shoes with white on the upper shoe and a baseball hat that he removed when he walked in the store and then kept held in his hand. The way the man held his hat made the clerk think he might have had a gun, although a weapon was never displayed.

Based on the condition of the man's clothes and his body odor, it's believed that he could be a transient.

He's 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall with a thin build, thinning black hair, a mustache and a beard. He's between 35 and 45 years old.

Anyone with information is asked to call Crimeline at 1-800-423-TIPS.  

 


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